Rainbow Beach

Extremely popular with families, this beach has a beach volleyball court and a beach bar for guests. The shore's rocky bottom is still good for swimming and snorkeling, and there are also prime dive sites offshore. On busy days, a rental stand leases out beach chairs, snorkeling equipment, and more to guests.

Located on the western edge of the island of St. Croix, You might think about stopping by even if you aren't staying very close. When you need to spend the afternoon away from tourist-filled hotspots, you should check out Rainbow Beach, a pretty, but less popular part of the coast.

How to Access The Beach
Rainbow Beach is located up Route 63 and is accessible via an entrance in a local restaurant.

Amenities and Ambiance

White sands and perfect waters for swimming and snorkeling make Rainbow Beach a great family hangout area. Just north of Frederiksted on St. Croix, this beach is also a favorite for scuba divers because of the spectacular dive sites nearby. The beach's relatively remote location promises a quiet experience, where guests will be able to take in the light crashing of waves.

The snack bar here is the ultimate convenience if you need a cold drink, or something to hold you over until dinner. If available, you could also buy food from one of the local vendors who set up shop at the beach.

You'll be able to use picnic tables at this beach, which make beach dining less messy, and are good spots for lounging.

You will be able to use a public restroom at Rainbow Beach. Also, you'll have access to lounge chairs at this location. Happily, the off-shore waters are fit for snorkeling, so bring your gear if you're wanting to check out the underwater sites. Rainbow Beach is the hangout spot for locals, especially families on the weekends, while tourists also add to the congested atmosphere.

What's Nearby

Attractions

Visitors will find this beach on the West coast of St. Croix. It is near some interesting sites like Estate Mount Washington Plantation, which is one of a few attractions close-by.

If you want to mix a cultural experience with your visit to the beach, you should plan a trip to Caribbean Museum Center for the Arts. This museum is located not a great distance away, giving beachgoers the chance to escape that hot midday sunshine.

The beach is one type of attraction you can visit, but there will be more options available in the Virgin Islands. The table below lists other attractions that are nearby.

Activities and Attractions Near Rainbow Beach
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Estate Mount Washington Plantation Historical Site 0.8 mi. N St. Croix
Paul E Joseph Stadium Sporting Event Venue 1.1 mi. SSE St. Croix
Buddhoe Park Park 1.2 mi. S St. Croix
Fort Frederik Historical Site 1.2 mi. S St. Croix
Caribbean Museum Center for the Arts Museum 1.4 mi. S St. Croix
Hams Bluff Lighthouse Lighthouse 2.7 mi. NNE St. Croix
Estate Whim Museum Museum 2.8 mi. SE St. Croix
Lawaetz Family Museum Museum 2.8 mi. SE St. Croix
Cruzan Rum Factory Distillery 3.1 mi. SE St. Croix
Sandy Point National Wildlife Refuge Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 3.5 mi. S St. Croix
Good Hope Plantation Ruins Historical Site 3.8 mi. SE St. Croix
Carambola Golf Club Golf Course 4.2 mi. ENE St. Croix

Cities and Towns

Rainbow Beach is very close to Frederiksted, so you can explore the city after your visit to the beach. Nearby, you'll find the city of Frederiksted, which is not lacking in exploration opportunities, yet also not overflowing with buildings. From the coast, Frederiksted is a quick trip away, about a mile and a half (two and a half kilometers).

Hotels

The number of other vacationers sharing this coastline can vary widely, depending on when you visit, and how full nearby hotel rooms are. Rainbow Beach is not located near many major hotels, but you may encounter visitors staying at some of the smaller accommodations in the area.

You'll find a decent number of lodgings within driving distance. Some of the closest choices are displayed in the list below.

Accommodations near Rainbow Beach
Hotel Distance Direction Type
The Inn on Strand Street 1.5 mi. S Hotel
The Fred 1.5 mi. S Hotel
Mount Victory Camp 1.7 mi. NE Lodge
Sand Castle on the Beach 2.1 mi. S Hotel
Cottages by the Sea 2.2 mi. S Villa complex
Waves at Cane Bay 6.2 mi. NE Hotel
Arawak Bay: The Inn at Salt River 8.5 mi. ENE Hotel
Villa Margarita Oceanfront Guesthouse 9.0 mi. ENE Guest house

Food

One of the tastiest ways to compliment a balmy beach afternoon is to eat at a nearby restaurant, where you'll be able to try foods you've never heard of before, without having to stray too far. Braata is one of the closest eateries. The restaurant offers a menu of Caribbean food. They also specialize in chicken and seafood. You could take a cab or probably walk to this restaurant as it's only a short distance away.

The table below provides a list of restaurant options near this shoreline.

Restaurants near Rainbow Beach
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Braata -- Caribbean Informal 1.3 mi. S
Polly's at the Pier (340) 719-9434 International Very Casual 1.3 mi. S
Tap Deck Bar & Billiards (340) 201-5227 -- -- 1.3 mi. S
Lost Dog Pub (340) 772-3526 American Very Casual 1.4 mi. S
Los Angeles Cafe Bar & Restaurant (340) 772-0016 -- -- -- --
Turtle's Deli (340) 772-3676 American Very Casual 1.6 mi. S
Beach Side Cafe (340) 772-1266 Contemporary Informal 2.1 mi. S
Mt. Pellier Domino Club (340) 713-9052 Bar and grill Very Casual 2.9 mi. E
Subway Carlton (340) 772-0048 American Very Casual 3.5 mi. ESE

Other Beaches

There are plenty of beautiful beach locations to choose from on St. Croix, so if Rainbow Beach doesn't sound like your type of scene, you have options.

If you like the ambiance at this beach, you might also like Davis Bay, found a short taxi ride away. With a gorgeous beach, Davis Bay is a fine swimming spot on the northern side of St. Croix, and although it can get a bit windy, families and bodysurfers gravitate to this area to play in the waters. Others might prefer Sprat Hall Beach, which offers a few more possibilities for excitement, and is closer to additional things to do and see nearby. It's found two miles to the north.

Another sun-drenched spot to consider is La Grange, located a mile to the south-southeast. La Grange beach, off of St. Croix, is a good beach where swimmers and snorkelers enjoy the sparkling blue waters, and beach loungers love the soft sands and complemetary chairs.

The Virgin Islands has a lot to offer its visitors, but visiting Rainbow Beach or the other beautiful beaches in the area can make your time in the Virgin Islands even more memorable.

 

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